On August 10, I made the trip down to Ft. Lauderdale to lead a writing workshop for college students at the 2016 Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) International Convention.
As part of the Leven Leadership Institute, a program track within the convention, I led over 80 rising seniors in a hands-on workshop in which we learned best practices for LinkedIn profiles, cover letters and job-search emails. The attendees came from all over — AEPi chapters in the US, Canada, Israel, UK and even Australia.
For the workshop, the attendees used my book of writing guides, Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, as a reference. As a group, we worked on how to:
- Write a strong LinkedIn profile summary
- Tell a story as the intro to a cover letter
- Email an employer even if there’s no job posted
As an alumnus of AEPi (graduated ten years ago), it was especially cool to work with young men I consider to be “brothers.” I can tell these guys are going to do great stuff in college and beyond.
Watch a portion of my workshop, in which I teach the group how to write a strong LinkedIn profile summary. Several people shared the profiles they wrote from their seats, and then we discussed each one together.
First up, a college student from Baltimore who wants to work in health sciences.
Here are some photos of the day:
One of the attendees reads my book during the communications workshop.
August 7, 2016
Because no one finds success by themselves.
August 16, 2016
Even with an "out-of-office" reply.